Two Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America (CD)


Violent Femmes

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Amoeba Review

07/19/2017

The Violent Femmes have been around long enough to get played on oldies radio, but their punk rhythms, sardonic lyrics, and new wave attitude makes them harder to pin down than most other bands from the '80s. Their latest album further adds to the band's mystique. Though they just co-headlined a tour with Echo and the Bunnymen, 2 Mics & The Truth is the opposite of a crowded venue with guitars amplified to ear popping levels. Instead, the album is an acoustic take on their catalog featuring live radio performances they did across the nation while promoting their tour. The acoustic versions of songs like "Blister in the Sun" and "Gone Daddy Gone" are more akin to a deconstruction than a cover. They play around with the song structure, using it as a guideline instead of holy musical scripture, and the result is playful and often silly, altering our expectations of the original songs and highlighting frontman Gordon Gano's skill as a writer. Even the instrumentation is playful, including guitars, bass, banjos, and a barbecue grill used as a drum set! 2 Mics & The Truth feels less like a nostalgia trip and more like a visit from an old friend who's gotten shaggier... and weirder.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Blister In The Sun
Violent Femmes 02:55
2.
I'm Nothing
Violent Femmes 03:30
3.
It's Gonna Rain
Violent Femmes 04:01
4.
Breaking Up
Violent Femmes 04:38
5.
Good For / At Nothing
Violent Femmes 02:35
6.
American Music
Violent Femmes 04:59
7.
Gone Daddy Gone / I Just Wanna Make Love To You
Violent Femmes 03:11
8.
I Could Be Anything
Violent Femmes 04:07
9.
Rejoice & Be Happy
Violent Femmes 02:11
10.
Add It Up
Violent Femmes 06:05
11.
You Move Me
Violent Femmes 03:36
12.
Issues
Violent Femmes 02:58
13.
Run With It
Violent Femmes 04:18
14.
Ugly
Violent Femmes 02:33
15.
Kiss Off
Violent Femmes 03:09
16.
Jesus Walking On The Water
Violent Femmes 05:02
17.
Prove My Love
Violent Femmes 02:54
18.
Country Death Song
Violent Femmes 05:03
19.
Untrue Love
Violent Femmes 03:58

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